A risk factor makes the chances of getting a disease or condition higher. You can have metabolic syndrome with or without them. But, the more you have, the higher the risk.
Some can’t be changed such as your age. Metabolic syndrome is more common in people aged 60 years and older.
Your chances of metabolic syndrome are higher for:
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Your risk of metabolic syndrome. American Heart Association website. Available at: https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/metabolic-syndrome/prevention-and-treatment-of-metabolic-syndrome. Accessed August 27, 2018.
Last reviewed May 2018 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Marcin Chwistek, MD
Last Updated: 8/27/2018